Perhaps because of our extended isolation, small points of kindness and connection are even more precious than they were before. I was so touched by what I watched unfolding on NextDoor this week that I wanted to share it with you.
by Ruth Neuwald Falcon, Seattle, Washington
Three days ago, NextDoor let those of us in Seattle’s North End know that a nest had fallen from a tree near one of our neighbor’s houses. “Left under its branches were several baby squirrels, huddled together,” a young man named Sean wrote, He went on: “They ended up snuggled in some towel-laden box tops at the same place, and with my phone nearby, playing One hour baby squirrel cries to attract mother.”
Curious, I googled One hour baby squirrel cries to attract mother. The YouTube comes with this video message to accompany the audio of tiny baby squirrel voices:
Place babies in box near a tree. Play this video on cellphone placed in box.
Stand a distance away and watch for mother to come get babies.
Also watch for dogs, cats and other predators.
I give all persons and entities the right to download, copy, and distribute this video for the purpose it is intended.
Lots of sweet comments follow, happy reports of rescued squirrel babies. “She came for both of her babies.” “Thank you for making this. It worked perfectly.” “Mom came and got all 3 babies! It worked!!!”
It didn’t work for Sean and his brood. “Unfortunately, after several plays of this video,” he wrote, “the gang remained. They slept inside last night, and have been trying to reach mom for a little while today—so far, no luck, and I fear mom isn’t coming. Going to try a little while longer, as advised by Footprints Wildlife Animal Rehab Center, but if mom doesn’t return, these squirrels will need a ride to Carnation where they will be properly cared for by Footprints.”
A flurry of What’s the address in Carnation? and Why Carnation? Why not PAWS in Lynnwood? followed. Sean answered them all. graciously. Within hours, a ride was found. Today, Sean wrote:
“Hey all, I heard from the good people at Footprints that the squirrels are doing well—Eating like champs! 🙂 Evidently, they are about seven weeks old, and will be rehabbed for awhile before they are released back into the wild. Thanks for all the kind responses here,” he ended. “We can do it together!!”
If we can come together for a brood of baby squirrels, think what we could do if our hearts were really open to one another. As the lovely young medical tech, on her second day on the job, said to me this morning (everything’s fine), “It’s like my grandpa always told me. It’s doesn’t cost a dime to be nice.”